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VAT Questions and Answers

VAT Question – Revoking an Option to Tax

The option to tax on a commercial property is now over 20 years old and expired, so why do HMRC still want VAT on the rent?



VAT Question – Christmas Hampers

How do I account for VAT on Christmas Hampers?



VAT Question – Business Property Relief

Will Business Property Relief (BPR) be available?



VAT Question – VAT Return Reclaim

How do I get a repayment from HMRC after submitting a VAT return reclaim?



VAT Question – Claiming VAT on Business Entertainment

My client is throwing a summer party for his staff and are allowing the staff to bring a guest. They have incurred VAT on the hire of the venue, entertainment and catering. Can my client claim this VAT?




VAT Question – Is my customer VAT registered?

How do I check if a supplier or customer is VAT registered and giving me their correct VAT number?




VAT Question – VAT for Intending Traders

My client is a newly formed property development company and we have recently tried to register them for VAT as an “intending trader” but HMRC have refused the application, asking for proof of land ownership and a copy of Planning Permission, neither of which my client has yet. What other evidence can I provide to get HMRC to accept their “intending trader” registration?




VAT Question – Receiving a visit from a VAT officer

My client was the subject of a VAT visit and during the visit the VAT officer advised that he was going to uplift my client’s records and accounts and take them away with him, which he did and provided my client with a receipt for the records. Does the officer have the legal right to do this?




VAT Question – Do I charge VAT?

My client is providing landscaping services to a developer constructing a new house. Do I charge VAT?



VAT Question – Can you leave the Flat Rate Scheme retrospectively?

My client has previously been using the Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) but now wishes to change to normal accounting method. He applied to leave with effect from the start of his current VAT period but HMRC have refused this date, advising his leaving date will be the start of the next VAT period. Can my client leave retrospectively?




VAT Question – Should you charge overseas customers VAT?

My client provides staff in the entertainment industry and is hiring out a DJ for an event to be held in the UK. The invoice is being sent to a business in Dubai, do we charge VAT?




VAT Question: Will the sale of this project be outside UK VAT?

Our UK based client, has set up a company to buy land, build commercial properties on it and sell it to the British Virgin Islands investment company who are funding the project with a ‘loan’.  Will the sale be outside the scope of UK VAT?


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